In this exhibition titled Reprise, artist Roy Emmett uses paint as a way of decoding and encoding his understanding of identity.
The painting process becomes a showground for Emmett to grapple with the construction of knowledge, language and identity – particularly in the context of being coloured in Cape Town, South Africa.
American artist Glenn Ligon’s work, titled untitled (I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background) (1990) serves as a reference point for Emmett’s painting. Ligon adopted the title of his artwork from Zora Neale Hurston’s essay How It Feels To Be Colored Me (1928) where Hurston discusses how her blackness is only made obvious when surrounded by a sea of whiteness.
Much like Hurston and Ligon, Emmett abstracts constructions of race whilst using repetition to obscure the meaning of the text.
Venue: 1st Floor, The Palms, 145 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
Opening times: Mon – Fri 9am to 5pm | Sat 10am to 3pm